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A grieving girl meets a boy with mystical powers in this passionate love story. Growing up on Catalina Island, off the California coast, Scarlett Wenderoth has led a fairly isolated life. After her brother dies, her isolation deepens as she withdraws into herself, shutting out her friends and boyfriend. Her parents, shattered by their own sorrow, fail to notice Scarlett's pain and sudden alarming thinness. Scarlett finds pleasure only on her horse, escaping to the heart of the island on long, solitary rides. One day, as she races around a bend, Scarlett is startled by a boy who raises his hand in warning and says one word: "Stop." The boy intense, beautiful is Will Cohen, a newcomer to the island. For reasons he can't or won't explain, he's drawn to Scarlett and feels compelled to keep her safe. To keep her from wasting away. His meddling irritates Scarlett, though she can't deny her attraction to him. As their relationship blossoms into love, Scarlett's body slowly awakens at Will's touch. But just when her grief begins to ebb, she makes a startling discovery about Will, a discovery he's been grappling with himself. A discovery that threatens to force them apart. And if it does, Scarlett fears she will unravel all over again. "Will appeal to many teens, especially fans of the Twilight series."--"Booklist ""Filled with tension and angst. . . . Readers will be looking for the next installment."--"School Library Journal ""A poignant novel of loss and grief, but also of hope."--"VOYA""show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 144 x 212 x 34mm | 480.81g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Ney York, United States
  • English
  • 0385742118
  • 9780385742115
  • 1,046,828

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"Scarlett Wenderoth's life was abruptly turned upside down after her older brother's unexpected death. Consumed with her anguish and largely ignored by her grieving parents, Scarlett copes by taking her beloved mare around the small island where she lives. While out on a ride, she meets a boy she has never seen before, Will Cohen. Recently moved to the island with his father, a university professor and rabbi, Will is an enigma. Seemingly older than his years, Will has an uncanny knack of appearing at the exact moment that Scarlett needs help, even when she needs to be saved from herself. A tender relationship begins to develop, but it is threatened by a revelation from Will that the very gift that brings them together may tear them apart. The novel tackles a myriad of topics ranging from exploration of faith to self-harm to sexual assault . . . Still, the ineffable bond that draws Scarlett and Will together will appeal to many teens, especially fans of the Twilight series." -Booklistshow more

About Elana K. Arnold

ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. "Sacred" is her debut more

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The main character, Scarlett, and her family have such heartbreaking grief, it's hard to get past that in the story. Her mother has disappeared into her bedroom, self-medicating every day, and her dad is trying to keep it together, but still unable to save everyone else. Scarlett's one saving grace is her ability to lose herself in her love for her horse. Then she meets Will and sparks and drama and love fly! I loved the love story portion and the fantastical element is also something that pulled me in. However, the violence of the boys in this book was a turn off. Not just one, but two guys have moments that are defining and even when some violence is directed at her; somehow Aria is able to look the other way. Tsk, tsk I say. That is what bugs me the most about the story, if that were taken out I think I would have enjoyed the storyline so much more. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake. Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest more
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